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noun as in prickle

noun as in spike

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Since iAd’s closure, Apple has become a thorn in the side of the online ad industry.

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The Tampa Bay Rays gave New York a good fight early last season and were also a thorn in the Houston Astros’ side during the postseason.

Some fish may be eating only the crown-of-thorns’ tiny, squishy larvae.

Adorned with spikes and toxins, crown-of-thorns starfish aren’t an easy meal.

Yet occasional starfish population booms suggest something is normally eating live, healthy crown-of-thorns and keeping their numbers in check.

Thorn also posted a video on his personal YouTube page wherein he desk-dances to Taylor Swift.

But the system that Battle represents is a constant thorn in their side.

That freedom has been a thorn in the side of many cardinals who feel the sisters should be more conservative.

A tabletop bronze of a boy pulling a thorn from his foot, made around 1500 by the Renaissance sculptor known as Antico.

There are just as many covetable skirts and delicate silk tap shorts as there are thorn-cupped bras and barely-there g-strings.

Taylor alludes to several made from the well known Glastonbury thorn.

I feel as if he were a little child crying with a thorn in his finger, and he had no mother to take it out.

He lay motionless in her lap, until the thorn suddenly let go and lay in Jess' hand.

Then she held the soft paw firmly with her left hand, and pulled steadily on the thorn with her right hand.

She received the infection on a part of the hand which had been previously in a slight degree injured by a scratch from a thorn.


On this page you'll find 22 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to thorn, such as: barb, bramble, brier, nettle, point, and spine.

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